Nokia Lumia 520 + iPad Mini = Heaven, or the benefits of ditching my low end Android
Yes, it's another Lumia 520 thread, however, it's justifiable considering I'm coming from low end Android. If you're going to do a TLDR, then let me just cut to the chase and say spending $10 more for this was WELL worth it.
So I just sold my Huawei Fusion 2. It's a pretty nice phone after you root and flash Jelly Bean on it. Android works pretty nice overall on a 3.5" screen, but most of the really detailed games suffer from a screen that small. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 works fine, but then the controls are useless. The new Drastic DS emulator surprised me because it booted a game perfectly, even with its 800MHz processor, but you can't play games that take advantage of the two screens since it's so small to begin with.
But everything else, like the apps we all like to use, worked fine. Until Google started pushing the new Play Store update that started to give me force closes, and overall made the device choke to the point that you can't even unlock the screen without 10-20 seconds of lag. Only to take another minute to open the dialer.
So with new GoPhones coming out, I just decided to sell the thing off.
So here it begins...
The Huawei is just basic plastic. It had a nice rugged back cover, and the glass was fused to the whole front of it, so it was overall just a better package, compared to my plastic S2 Skyrocket that could easily slip out of your hands (which did, and my camera lens broke on it). The downside is that it squeaked while you were using it.
The Lumia has a great build. I LOVE the soft feeling of the back cover. And I like how easy enough you can take it off and switch it for another color. It's really the only part that is subjected to damage if you drop it on the ground as the camera lens is indented enough that it has more of a chance to survive a fall.
I can see why Apple went with a 4" screen on the iPhone 5. It's perfect. Not too big, and not too small. A perfect fit for my a little bigger than average woman hands. It's nice and vibrant too! The settings that let you change it between cold and warm are really great too. That is an AWESOME feature. Responsive like in Android too.
Coming from Android, wow, this is so much better than widgets. On the tablets, it's nice to have the multiple widgets all over the place, but you really can't do that on a phone. You usually put them on multiple home screens instead because it makes more sense. You can definitely have more information in just the first half of the screen, than you can on any Android phone. I like that. They aren't as busy looking either. Just information, no logos, watermarks, etc.
I LOVE apps, and good looking ones at that. My smartphone and iPad are mainly for productive use, so of course that's mainly the kind of stuff I need on them. So far these are my favorites:
Better than any Android task app I've used.
Very sweet pixel app. Fresh Paint works great on here too. I can even use my Jot Pro!
A clock and weather tile! Just like the ones in Android, but nicer.
And Internet Explorer isn't half bad on here either. The pins look nice on the start screen.
After a few hours of using this phone, I don't think I could ever go back to Android. And I might actually consider delaying going back to an iPhone after the next one comes out just because it's that nice and the fact that iOS 7 will let me use apps in letterbox mode on my iPad Mini anyway. People really need to give it a chance, it's not open Android, and it's not polished iOS, but it's a great OS, and I know that it can grow to be even better.
Highly recommend, definitely, whether you're between phones or just want something new. It's $99 that was well spent.
I'll even forgive UPS for screwing up my one-day shipping too. It was worth waiting for it to get unstuck from TWO of their centers. Hah.